Working in Saigon is usually something people aspire for. It’s convenient and it’s where a lot of business opportunities are at. Overtime arrangements require consent of both parties and/or need to be outlined in the employer’s internal labour rules. Employers must compensate employees for any overtime worked. The amount of overtime cannot exceed 50% of regular working hours a day, 30 hours a month or 200 hours a year. Special cases can bump up the yearly hours to 300. For a weekly working regime, combined regular and overtime hours cannot exceed 12 hours a day. Women in their seventh month of pregnancy or later, or women who have babies 12 months old or younger, are forbidden from working overtime.

The rates for overtime compensation as required by the new Labour Code are:

››At least 150% of the agreed-upon salary on regular working days

››200% for working on weekly days off

››300% for working on public holidays and leave days with full pay.

An employee working at night must be paid an additional minimum of 30% of their regular salary. Along with this, any employee working overtime at night must be paid an additional 20% of their salary in addition to the rates described above for work conducted in the daytime.

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